Chandler Rivers and Marcus Dixon were the game’s leading scorers, and Dixon led with 11 rebounds as Trinity Baptist College played another thrilling game Saturday afternoon when they hosted Piedmont International University. A late run by the Bruins, through, gave Piedmont the win by a score of 68-59.

Rivers ignited the crowd with an alley-oop near the end of the first half, and he continued his momentum throughout the second by scoring nine more on route to his game-high total. Dixon, meanwhile, played consistent basketball throughout the game and scored most of his 15 points in the paint.

The game was nearly identical in almost every category. Each team scored 34 points in the paint and pulled in 29 rebounds. Bench points had a three-point difference, and Trinity won the second-chance point total 12-6.

Caleb Howard sank three three-point shots to compile nine points. Jykayle Walker was next with six, including a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet near the end of a first-half run that saw the Eagles turn a 15-point deficit midway through the first half into a 33-29 halftime lead. Marquis Duncanson and Marquel Perry each had five, and Zack Norris sank three free throws after getting fouled a on a three-point attempt.

Trinity built an 11-point lead in the second half, but Piedmont’s Tamir Glenn and Troy Nix each hit two three-pointers to cut the lead. The teams traded leads for the next several minutes, and Piedmont ended up with the win.

Glenn (15) and Nix (14) led the Bruins in scoring, followed by Marcus Ingrim (11). Five more Bruins contributed points.

Trinity will travel for the next three games, beginning with Florida College on Tuesday, January 30. The Eagles will then visit South Region opponents Pensacola Christian College on February 3 and Trinity College of Florida on February 6. Two more South Region home games follow before the regular-season finale at Johnson University of Florida on February 17.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC